Disney Under Fire for Black Princess's White Prince
Why isn't first black princess with black prince?
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2009 11:34 AM CDT

(Newser) – Disney has unveiled its first black princess—but her prince appears to be white, and the criticism is pouring in, the Mail reports. In the upcoming The Princess and the Frog, New Orleans’ Princess Tiana is voiced by Dreamgirls actress Anika Noni Rose—and while her prince hails from “Maldonia” and is voiced by a Brazilian actor, he looks decidedly white in recently released pics, say some.

“I am very disappointed and I wish Disney had made the prince black,” wrote one fan online. “And the ironic thing is the prince is white but the evil voodoo villain is voiced by a black actor and is black.” This isn’t the film’s first controversy—the original plan was to cast the main character as a chambermaid named Maddy, considered to be a “slave name.”